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Bartolo Colon snubs Mets, signs minor league deal with Twins

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 01: Pitcher Bartolo Colon
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 01: Pitcher Bartolo Colon

Mets fans everywhere had their hopes slashed when word came out that Bartolo Colon would be heading to Minnesota.

The 44-year old right-hander will be joining the Twins after a short stint in Atlanta that saw him post some of the worst numbers of his career. In 13 starts this season, Tolo was 2-8 with an astronomical 8.14 ERA. His past success in Queens did not translate to Atlanta, so the Braves saw no other option but to designate him for assignment last week.

He cleared waivers on Thursday since no one wanted to pick up the remaining salary of his $12.5 million contract with Atlanta, and now he’ll be making his debut with Minnesota’s minor league team in Rochester, NY.

The Mets wanted Colon’s services as they have had their own starting pitching issues this season. For a part of the year, New York went back and forth between last and second to last place in terms of staff ERA in the National League.

Injuries to ace Noah Syndergaard, as well as late season debuts from Steven Matz and Seth Lugo contributed to the overall instability of this rotation but that hasn’t been the only reason. Matt Harvey’s extreme regression along with Zack Wheeler inability to work efficiently have also blown up the team’s pitching rank.

The Mets have had starts from Adam Wilk, Tommy Milone, Rafael Montero, Tyler Pill, and Sean Gilmartin this season. If that doesn’t tell you the shape this starting pitching core has been, I don’t know what will.

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This year has basically turned into a lost season, so maybe it’s for the best that Bartolo didn’t come back. The Mets are more than likely going to be huge sellers this year, so maybe it’s time to put the past in the past and look forward to rebuild as quickly as possible.